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Eubie Blake in Berlin
1972 Concert Performance
A Lifetime of Music
Filmed in Berlin in 1972, Eubie Blake performs the three original compositions "Charleston Rag",
"Wild About Harry", & "Memories Of You".
Eubie Blake got his first big break in the music business when world champion boxer Joe Gans hired him to play ragtime piano at Gans' Goldfield Hotel, the first "black and tan club" in Baltimore in 1907.
His musical revue "Shuffle Along" co-written with Noble Sissle premiered in June 1921. It became the first hit musical on Broadway written by and about African-Americans and introduced the hit songs "I'm Just Wild About Harry" and "Love Will Find a Way.
"Memories of You" was composed by Eubie Blake, with lyrics written by Andy Razaf. The song was introduced by singer Minto Cato in the Broadway show Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds of 1930." That same year Louis Armstrong recorded a version featuring Lionel Hampton.
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